Out of town fans that don’t have the Sunday Ticket and were hoping to watch the Patriots play for the first time in two weeks will need to head to their local sports bar Sunday. Other than the stations that air every Pats game or every Bills game, only one other station nationwide will broadcast the Pats-Bills tilt.
KGBT in Brownsville, Texas is the only station in a neutral market that will carry the game. The eight New England CBS stations (Boston, Springfield, Providence, Hartford, Burlington and three in Maine) will broadcast the game, as will the seven stations in Bills’ country (Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Elmira, Binghamton, Watertown, and Erie PA).
Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will be the television announcers for the Pats game.
CBS will send Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to the Denver at Carolina game, which also kicks off early. This game gets the most coverage for CBS, being broadcast on 107 stations. Oakland at Baltimore (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf) will be shown on 31 stations, primarily in northern California, Baltimore, DC, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Tennessee at Miami (Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker) will be seen on 21 CBS stations, mostly in Tennessee, Florida and Alabama. The final early game on CBS is San Diego at Tampa Bay (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots) will air on a paltry four or five stations depending on if it sells out: only San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Yuma and perhaps Tampa will get this game. The only late CBS game is the Jets at Seahawks (Marv Albert, Rich Gannon), which will air on 27 CBS stations; this game will be available in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, New York City, Albany, Cincinnati, and Atlanta.
Due to NFL rules that does not allow for another game to be televised in the market of a team is playing at home there will be no early game on Fox in Boston, Baltimore, Charlotte, Miami or Tampa. The rest of New England and most of the country will get the Giants at Bengals. 126 Fox affiliates will air that game, with Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick as the announcers.
There are also two other early games on Fox. Atlanta at New Orleans (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston) will air on 39 stations, in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and part of Tennessee. Detroit at Minnesota (Dick Stockton, John Lynch) is available on 34 stations in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Toledo Ohio.
The national late game on Fox is Dallas at Philadelphia, a pair of teams that seem to get way more television exposure than they deserve in my opinion. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be the announcers and as of right now 178 Fox stations will broadcast this game. 22 stations will air St. Louis at San Francisco (Chris Myers and Tim Ryan); about the only areas to get thos game are northern California, Oregon, southern Illinois, and Missouri. Seattle will be blacked out on Fox, and three other stations in Washington have not yet decided which game they will air.
This Day In Patriots History
November 6, 1964:
Boston Patriots 25, Houston Oilers 24 at Fenway Park
Gino Cappelletti capped off a wild fourth quarter that had four lead changes with his fourth field goal of the game as time expired as the Patriots won and improved to 6-2-1.
On the opening kickoff J.D. Garrett fumbled the ball; Houston recovered and scored soon after that. On the ensuing drive the Patriots drove 75 yards, much of it on runs by Larry Garron, who finished with 91 yards rushing on 23 carries; Babe Parilli scored on a keeper to tie the game at seven.
Early in the second quarter Cappelletti hit on his first field goal from 25 yards out and then connected again from 33 yards with six seconds to go before halftime to put the Pats up 13-7.
On the first play after the kickoff to start the second half George Blanda hit rookie TE Willie Frazier on a bomb with what would turn out to be the longest play of his pro football career for an 80-yard touchdown; after Blanda kicked the extra point Houston was up by one point. Parilli came back and completed a 64-yard pass to SE Art Graham but the Patriots could not get the ball into the end zone, settling for a 22-yard field goal from Cappelletti late in the period which gave the Patriots a 16-14 lead.
The score remained that way until there was 6:46 to play when Blanda threw a 38-yard touchdown to SE Charlie Frazier. The Pats came right back though, with Parilli rolling out and running it in from the five yard line. With the Pats up 22-21 the decision was to go for two points, but a pass from Parilli to Graham was incomplete.
Houston got the ball back and moved to midfield with about a minute to play, and two passes from Blanda to Frazier put the ball on the four-yard line. Charley Tolar, who had scored the first touchdown of the game, was stopped by Nick Buonoconti. Blanda kicked what appeared to be a game winning ten yard field goal, giving the Oilers a 24-22 lead with just 32 seconds to play.
After receiving the kickoff Parilli completed passes to TE Tony Romeo and Cappelletti to move the ball past midfield. With time running out Parilli rolled out but with nobody open he took off and ran down the sideline, stepping out of bounds at the Oilers’ 34-yard line so the team could get one last play off with one second remaining on the clock. Cappelletti then booted a 42-yard field goal and the Patriots won the game, 25 to 24.
Parilli finished the game with 256 yards passing plus 96 yards rushing, including two touchdown runs. Art Graham had eight catches for 167 yards and Nick Buonoconti had one interception.
November 6, 1966:
Denver Broncos 17, Boston Patriots 10 at Fenway Park
On a windy day in which the two teams combined for twelve turnovers the Pats were upset by the one-win Broncos, falling to 4-3-1.
In his entire pro football career Denver’s Max Chobian threw four touchdown passes; two of them came in this game, including the game-winning 4th quarter bomb to Al Denson. The Patriots defense forced seven turnovers but the offense could not capitalize, fumbling the ball away five times and gaining just 43 yards on the ground on 25 carries. Jim ‘Earthquake’ Hunt scored the only touchdown of the day for the Patriots when he recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
November 6, 1972:
Baltimore Colts 24, New England Patriots 17 at Schaefer Stadium
The Patriots comeback on Monday Night Football fell short and the Colts won in a slight upset. Carl Garrett ran for 65 yards and added another 62 on eight receptions.
November 6, 1977:
Buffalo Bills 24, New England Patriots 14 at Schaefer Stadium
The Patriots turn the ball over four times and the Bills got their second win of the season, while the Pats four-game winning streak came to an end and they slipped to 5-3. After Buffalo went up by 14 Raymond Clayborn ran back the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to pull the Pats within seven. However in the third quarter the Bills got a pick six, and although Sam Cunningham scored on a ten-yard run it was too little, too late.
November 6, 1983:
New England Patriots 21, Buffalo Bills 7 at Sullivan Stadium
Although big offensive plays grabbed the headlines the Pats won this one the old fashioned way, with good defense and a strong running game.
In the second quarter Steve Grogan completed a 35-yard pass to Stanley Morgan to set up a touchdown run by Tony Collins, and then he hit Clarence Weathers on a 40-yard pass to put the Patriots up 14-0 at halftime. Grogan then connected with Weathers again for a 58-yard touchdown to put the Patriots up 21-0 before Bills scored late for the final score. Defensively the Pats stuffed Buffalo on a first and goal after a pass interference penalty and the Pats finished with 450 yards, to 263 for Buffalo. The Patriots D had four interceptions, including two by Rick Sanford, his fifth and sixth of the season. Fred Marion and Larry McGrew both had an interception as well, and Clayton Weishuhn had two sacks. Tony Collins ran for 100 yards and as a team the Pats ran for 199 yards on the game.
November 6, 1988:
New England Patriots 21, Miami Dolphins 10 at Sullivan Stadium
Rookie John Stephens ran for over 100 yards for the third straight game as the Pats beat Dan Marino and the Dolphins.
Stephens rushed for 104 yards and his 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter put the Pats up 21-3. On that drive and another in the second quarter that finished with a one-yard TD by Bob Perryman the Patriots did not throw a single pass, and they finished the game with 203 yards rushing.
In between those drives the Pats scored on a one-yard pass from Doug Flutie to Irving Fryar. Flutie extended his undefeated streak in Foxboro to nine games: five wins with Boston College and four with the Patriots.
After a Marino touchdown pass cut the lead to 11 Miami drove again down to the six yard line, but a Roland James interception in the end zone with 2:59 remaining sealed the victory.
November 6, 1994:
Cleveland Browns 13, New England Patriots 6 at Municipal Stadium
A Browns team led by Bill Belichick as head coach and Nick Saban as defensive coordinator shut down the Pats and improved to 7-2 while the Patriots fell to 3-6. Belichick and Saban came up with an effective game plan to counter Drew Bledsoe, who was just 20 for 43 for 166 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions on the day. Marion Butts led the Patriots with 86 yards rushing on 25 carries while WR Michael Timpson had seven receptions for 69 yards; the only New England points came on two Matt Bahr field goals.
November 6, 2011:
New York Giants 24, New England Patriots 20
Eli Manning threw a one-yard touchdown pass to TE Jake Ballard with fifteen seconds left to play and the Patriots lost to the Giants. The loss ended an NFL record streak of 31 consecutive regular season home wins by Tom Brady and also a 20 game regular season home winning streak for the Pats.
The Patriots had taken a 20-17 lead when Brady completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 1:36 left to play in the game. However Sergio Brown was flagged for pass interference, giving the Giants first and goal on the one yard line with thirty seconds on the clock. The Pats defense stopped New York on first and second down before Ballard’s touchdown on third down.
Brady finished with 342 yards passing and two touchdowns, Wes Welker had nine catches for 136 yards, Gronk had eight receptions for 101 yards and the TD, and Aaron Hernandez had a 4th quarter touchdown reception which tied the score at 10-10.
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November 6, 1970:
Aerosmith made their live debut, playing their first ever gig at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Mass. Since that time the Bad Boys From Boston have gone on to sell more than 150 million albums and become the best selling American rock band of all time.
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